ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Varicose, Spider Veins May Be Inevitable for Some
Fractures in Older Adults Up Death Risk
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
CANCER
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
CAREGIVING
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
Mom's Smoking May Lead to SIDS
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
DIET, NUTRITION
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Pollution May Cause Appendicitis: Study Reveals
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
FITNESS
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
Kids With Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Heart Trouble
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Internet Program Helps Problem Drinkers
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
SENIORS
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
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Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps

Treatment with a specific type of omega-3 fatty acid can shrink the number and size of precancerous polyps in people at high genetic risk of developing bowel cancer, British researchers say.

The study authors reported that the new treatment appears to work as well as a drug called celecoxib (Celebrex), which is prescribed for patients with bowel polyps linked to their genetic risk, but it doesn't cause heart-related side effects.

The study, published online March 18 in the journal Gut, examined 55 patients with a high genetic risk of developing precancerous polyps in the bowel. The condition, known as familial adenomatous polyposis, puts people at much higher risk of developing bowel cancer and needing surgery.

The study participants were divided into two groups, with 28 receiving six months of treatment with daily 2-gram doses of a highly purified form of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, and the others receiving an inactive placebo.

Among those who took the placebo, the number of polyps grew by almost 10 percent, but it dropped by more than 12 percent among those who took the omega-3 capsules. The size of the polyps also increased among those in the placebo group, but decreased among those who took omega-3.

According to the researchers from St. James's University Hospital in Leeds, U.K., omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are safe and have also been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health, so this treatment may be a particularly good choice for those at risk of both bowel cancer and heart disease.